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Arnot, Frederick Stanley (1858–1914), missionary in Africa, was born on 12 September 1858 at his parents' home, 8 Byrnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the son of William Arnot, a merchant, and Elizabeth Helen, née Macdonald. The family moved to Hamilton in 1864, where Frederick became a playmate of ...

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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Edward Crowe

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Barton, Sir Sidney (1876–1946), diplomatist, was born at Devonshire Place, Union Road, Exeter, on 26 November 1876, the youngest son in a family of four sons and four daughters of James Barton (1834–1919), captain in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Mary Barbara (...

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Beer, Patricia (1919–1999), poet, was born in Exmouth, Devon, on 4 November 1919, the younger daughter of Andrew William Beer, a railway clerk at Exeter station, and his wife, Harriet Jeffery (d. 1935), a schoolteacher. She grew up in the nearby village of ...

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Bevan [née Shuttleworth], (Emma) Frances (1827–1909), translator and poet, was born in Oxford on 25 September 1827, the eldest of three children of Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth (1782–1842), warden of New College, Oxford (1822–40), and bishop of Chichester (1840–42), and Emma Martha Welch...

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Alexander Gordon

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Borlase, Henry (1806–1835), Plymouth Brother, eldest son of Henry and Ann Borlase, was born at Helston, Cornwall, on 15 February 1806, and educated by Dr Warren at Ottery St Mary, Devon, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1828. After taking orders he became curate at ...

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Bowes, John (1804–1874), preacher and author, was born on 12 June 1804 in Swineside, Coverham parish, Yorkshire, the son of a farmer. Bowes joined the Wesleyan Methodists in 1817 but, while working for a brewer in Leyburn, he transferred to the Primitive Methodists because of their revivalist successes, becoming a circuit preacher in 1822. He married ...

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Boyd, Sir Robert Lewis Fullarton (1922–2004), physicist and engineer, was born on 19 October 1922 at 5 Melbourne Terrace, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, the elder of twin sons of William John Boyd, a works chemist, and his wife, Dorothy Jane, née Sibthorpe. Two years after his birth the family moved to ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Bruce, Frederick Fyvie (1910–1990), biblical scholar, was born on 12 October 1910 in Elgin, the eldest of the seven children of Peter Fyvie Bruce (1874–1955), an evangelist among the Christian Brethren, and his wife, Mary Maclennan (1883–1965). From Elgin Academy (1921–8) he proceeded to study classics at ...

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Bulteel, Henry Bellenden (1800–1866), religious controversialist and seceder from the Church of England, was born on 14 September 1800 at Bellevue, Turnchapel, Plymstock, the fourth of the ten children of Thomas Hillersdon Bulteel (1766–1815) of Bellevue, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Christopher Harris...

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J. K. Laughton

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Caffin, Sir James Crawford (1812–1883), naval officer, third son of William Caffin of the Royal Laboratory, Woolwich, and his wife, Bethia, daughter of George Crawford, adjutant Royal Artillery, was born at Woolwich Common on 1 March 1812. He entered the navy in August 1824, and in 1827 was midshipman of the frigate ...

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Carr, Jonathan Dodgson (1806–1884), biscuit manufacturer, was born in Stricklandgate, Kendal, on 9 December 1806, the second in a family of four sons and five daughters of Jonathan Carr, a Quaker wholesale grocer and tea dealer of Yorkshire weaving stock, and his wife, ...

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William Harold Coltman (1891–1974) by unknown photographer The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

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Coltman, William Harold (1891–1974), soldier and gardener, was born at The Common, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, on 17 November 1891, the fourth son of Charles Coltman (1851/2–1903), gardener's labourer, and his wife, Annie, née Gopsill. He left school aged thirteen, and helped his mother to support the family after his father's death, working as a journeyman market gardener. On 8 January 1913 he married, at Burton upon Trent record office, ...

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(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland (1918–1977) by Ron Case, 1965 Getty Images

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Crosland, (Charles) Anthony Raven (1918–1977), politician and writer, was born on 29 August 1918 at St Leonards, Sussex, the only son and the second of three children of Joseph Beardsell Crosland (1874–1935), under-secretary, War Office, and his wife, Jessie Raven, lecturer in Old French at ...

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Margaret Anne Cusack (1829–1899) by unknown photographer, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cusack, Margaret Anne [name in religion Mary Francis Clare; called the Nun of Kenmare] (1829–1899), founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace and writer, was born on 6 May 1829 in York Street, Dublin, the elder of two children of ...